Boston Amazon Web Services Meetup Group

Good day to everyone. Hope you are enjoying the summer!

Our upcoming June 10th Meetup will be hosted by Carbonite. A big thank you to Meetup member Jamie Cooley for arranging this.

Food and drink for this event will be sponsored by Extreme Reach.

Please note the address for this event, which is at the Christian Science Plaza, near the Prudential. There's a variety of parking options available, and the Prudential T on the Green Line is directly across the street. Hynes, Back Bay Station, Copley Square are all within 3-4 blocks. (Carbonite is using Wayfair inc. meeting space)

Here is the location:

Security will be in place so an RSVP is Required for Attendance.

The main topic is Big Data, and includes the following presenters;

* Carbonite
* Jaspersoft Corporation
* Stackdriver

Carbonite Presentation:

Carbonite has developed a robust platform for online backup that has scaled to support our rapid growth.  Our sophisticated cloud storage solution is comprised of thousands of servers responsible for managing more than 100 petabytes of our customers’ critical customer data.  To-date we have backed up nearly 300 billion files and continue to add approximately 350,000,000 new files per day.   We are now embarked on developing our next generation cloud storage service platform supporting a broad range of new data services and applications, with a plan to scale to more than 500 petabytes.

This session will tell the story of how Carbonite utilized the Amazon Web Services platform to quickly build and deploy a cloud-based ‘Big Data’ solution to answer questions for our Product team regarding the types of information we manage for our customers.

About the presenter:  Matt Drayer is an Architect with Carbonite’s Office of the CTO.  He specializes in the design and development of highly-scalable distributed systems and service-oriented architectures.


Jaspersoft Presentation:

If you're deploying 'Big Data' you are almost guaranteed to use, or at least seriously evaluate, cloud based deployments. When scaling up (or down), the cloud is the natural choice for Big Data solutions due to its ease of deployment, scalability, flexibility, and cost effectiveness. Getting the data into Hadoop, for example, is pretty easy. The big question is how to create meaningful and timely sense of all that data to drive business decisions.

This session shows how to get data out of various Hadoop implementations and into analyst hands. The session is focused on live demonstration using Amazon EC2, Cloudera CDH (HBase and Hive), Cloudera Impala, and Jaspersoft BI for AWS. 

Topics Covered:
- A brief comparison of Hadoop data retrieval methods, including programmatic approaches - Demonstrations of reporting, analytics, and dashboarding, both batch and near-real time
- Jaspersoft BI for AWS pricing model to help you determine if a cloud based BI solution makes sense for your organization
- References and suggestions for free training and tutorials to learn more

About the presenter: Mary Flynn is a long-time Jaspersoft veteran. She has fulfilled various technical marketing roles and was the director of the worldwide sales engineering team. She is currently a technology evangelist.

Stackdriver Presentation:

The Stackdriver Intelligent Monitoring Service can collect more than 10M measurements per day from a customer's application environment.To transform this large set of raw data into meaningful and insightful information, Stackdriver performs a number of different types of data analysis.  All of these analyses use AWS services extensively.  Raw data is archived in S3 for accessibility and persistence.  The bulk of the analysis is performed with Hadoop delivered via AWS Elastic Map/Reduce (EMR).  Some results are recorded in our EC2-hosted Cassandra cluster for the customer to consume via the web app.  Other results are pushed to the customer proactively using the AWS Simple Notification Service (SNS) and the Simple Email Service (SES).  This talk will describe how we combine the AWS services with our Python-based code base to provide our customers withintelligent analysis of their application infrastructure.  We will help others understand how to use similar approaches for analysis in their applications.

Presenter: Patrick Eaton with Stackdriver.

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  • David B.

    I've created the URL to show how a wiki can be used to support different areas of AWS conversation - you can put your comments at the end of the wiki article.

    June 14, 2013

  • Trevor P.

    Hi All,

    I put together a brief roundup of the talks for anyone who missed the event here:

    We are also hiring at Logentries in particular looking for those with AWS DevOps skills:

    Looking forward to next time!



    June 14, 2013

  • David B.

    I'll create a URL which explains my idea for the group then post the URL address on Meetup for others in the group to consider - there will be a chat so that members can make comments.

    June 14, 2013

  • David B.

    I think this group should have a separate place for important things like looking for staffing with help from the members - I think Meetup chat should be focussed on the next get-together.

    Worthwhile idea?

    This is something I'd like to do for group.

    June 13, 2013

  • Eden C.

    Hi Everyone, as mentioned during the last Meet-Up, CloudHealth Technologies is hiring as well and here is a link to our open positions:

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Kind regards,


    June 13, 2013

  • Jamie C.

    HI! It was a pleasure for Carbonite to host the June 10 talks. This is a link to one of the positions we're looking for:

    In general, our jobs site lists positions here:

    Cheers, and hope to you see you next time.

    June 12, 2013

  • John

    can the folks who had job openings please post them here? or email them? thanks!

    June 11, 2013

  • Matt D.

    Thanks to all for coming to last night's Boston AWS event!

    June 11, 2013

  • David B.

    Very friendly

    June 11, 2013

  • Mu2

    Friendly people, very informative presentations, and great inviting atmosphere.

    June 10, 2013

  • David B.

    Rain doesn't a difference but probably for others

    June 10, 2013

  • Michael

    Weather makes the drive too long to make it tonight. Hope to be at the next one. Mike from

    June 10, 2013

  • Christopher R.

    I won't be able to attend this evening.

    June 10, 2013

  • Rich

    unfortunately, I have to work later tomorrow. Please give my reservation to those who need it

    June 9, 2013

  • Miguel E.

    Hello everyone!
    My name is Miguel Escamilla. I am very excited about this event and I am looking forward to meet all of you.
    I will start as an intern at AWS for this fall, so meeting the people that are so passionate about us will surely be interesting.
    See you all there!

    June 6, 2013

  • Michael

    Interested in meeting many of you. Also interested in any feedback on Thanks

    June 5, 2013

  • Mark A.

    Still looking for meeting space for approx. 55 people. (MS NERD facility is not available) Please comment with suggestions. Thank you.

    1 · May 15, 2013

    • Huiwen l.

      How about I-lab Harvard?

      May 15, 2013

    • Mark A.

      Excellent suggestion. We have a location for this particular meetup. However, it would be helpful to have access to other meeting locations. If you or anyone else can help with these arrangements, that would be great! Just look at our future meeting calendar and note the events that do Not have a location designated yet. And, of course, you can always reach out to me directly to discuss further. Thank you.

      May 21, 2013

  • Mark A.

    I'm looking for a meeting space in the Boston or surrounding area. Please ping me with suggestions. Thx!

    April 16, 2013

    • Nam P.

      Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) next door usually holds some other meetups so they can accomodate crowds. Also, Hack/Reduce a few blocks away on 3rd Street is a good place and they're probably interested in hosting a group like AWS since they're a community big data group.

      May 15, 2013

    • Mark A.

      Excellent suggestions. We have a location for this particular meetup. However, it would be helpful to have access to other meeting locations. If you or anyone else can help with these arrangements, that would be great! Just look at our future meeting calendar and note the events that do Not have a location designated yet. And, of course, you can always reach out to me directly to discuss further. Thank you.

      May 21, 2013

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